Quedlinburg Travel Guide

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  • Castle Hill

    In the 10th and 11th century the area around the Harz mountains was the heartland of the emperors from the "Saxon" dynasty. Quedlinburg became an important Pfalz for them, they used to celebrate Easter there. The names of Heinrich der Vogler (Henry the Fowler) and Otto I (Otto the Great) are especially connected with the town. After the death of...

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  • Town Hall and Roland Statue

    Quedlinburg's town hall is a gothic building from the late middle ages, which was then refurbished around 1600. The portal and the rectangular windows tell of the Renaissance era. Its facade is the focus of the market square. Like many cities in Northern Germany Quedlinburg has a Roland statue in front of the town hall: a knight in armour, larger...

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  • Market Square

    The market square is the centre of the town. During the Christmas market it was full with stalls and crowds, impossible to catch a photo of the whole square. So I am adding some older pictures from 1991 and 2001. The market square and the timberframe buildings around it have been kept in shape already during DDR times, it seems. The square is a...

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  • Finkenherd

    The cute little half-timbered house, built around 1500, is a sight in itself. Its name and that of the alley refers to events that are said to have taken place exactly in this spot about 600 years earlier. According to the legend Heinrich, Duke of Saxony, was out hunting birds here when he received the news that he had been elected King of the Holy...

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  • View from Castle Hill

    The top of the cliff offers a view over the whole old town, the red roofs and the steeples of the churches. We were granted a little compensation for the uncomfortable weather, wind and cold rain: a rainbow posed over the old town for our photos.As comparison, photo 4 shows the same view in 1991. Many houses were in urgent need of repair, roofs...

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  • Castle Hill in 1991

    As comparison to the new photos, here are some pictures that I took during my first visit to Quedlinburg in 1991. A lot has been renovated in the meantime, especially down in town. Church and castle don't look that different.

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  • Quedlinburg's Oldest Timberframe House

    The little house with the eyecatching construction is the oldest half-timbered house in Quedlinburg, and one of the oldest in the whole of Germany. It is dated to the year 1346. The structure consists of long vertical timbers that extend from the floor to the roof, and the beams of the floor let into them. This is the oldest principle of...

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  • Quedlinburg Castle

    Also towering high up on the Schlossberg is the castle built by Heinrich I. After his death, it was kept by his queen Mathilde and women in general had a strong influence in Quedlinburg throughout history. As you approach the hill, you can see how the sandstone below is withering away and if you read German, you might want to click on the link...

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  • Glasspainting Museum

    The cosy and unique 17th century Speicher Building is the setting for this museum where you can see painted glass but also take part in workshops or paint your own mug yourself if you are a whole family. When it has dried, you come back to pick it up. To do that, please call the number below to make sure they can arrange it that particular day....

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  • The Night Watchman of Quedlinburg

    Over the city of Quedlinburg, her old buildings and her surroundings a quite unique magic rests both in scenic like in a historical relation. The Castle hill with his Church in which the Grave of the first German King, Heinrich I. is. Then the Coining Mountain with his picturesque little Houses, from both Mountains a marvelous View of the resin and...

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  • Quedlingburg Rathaus

    Situated In the Altstadt (Old Town), on the site of the Markt (Marketplace) the Rathaus was originally built in the Renaissance style of the 1600s.

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  • St Annen Hospital

    The hospital was founded in 1433 by the Quedlinburger robe tailors "All misery to utility and pious" - seems to be their motto - Hmmm... a jolly bunch then those robe tailors (or maybe something is lost in translation ;-)). Anyway, after extensive rehabilitation in 2000/2001, it has now been made into dwellings suitable for the elderly.

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  • Roland

    In many places in this part of Germany you will find the statue of Roland with his raised sword - the Knight of Charlemagne. This one from the 15th Century is outside the Rathaus.

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  • Finkenherd, a bit of German history

    Legend (and a memorial plaque) has it that this is the very place where the Saxon duke Heinrich received the German regals as told of in a famous song by Vogl. Hence Quedlinburg has the honour of being where the German "First Reich" was created.

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  • Klopstockhaus Museum

    We were never inside (the white building), but this is the house where poet Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock was born in 1724. The house itself is in a 1560s Lower Saxon half timbering and very nice. In 1899, it was bought by the town council to house a museum about the poet and now also has exhibitions on other famous locals.

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Quedlinburg Restaurants

  • Delicious Seafood near the castle

    Fisch-Kate is a rather small restaurant a stone's throw away from the castle in Quedlinburg. If you have a map, it is located at the intersection of Carl-Ritter-Strasse, lange Gasse, and Höhe Strasse. I think "Kate" in this context means "cottage" so the name says it all. A cute little place, not a lot of tables but a fairly extensive selection of...

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  • Kaffee und Kuchen

    Typical little German Coffee shop where there was a wonderful choice of cakes available all served by a very sweet and helpful waitress. Coffee and cake seems to be the speciality here and it was full which is always a good sign!

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  • Seven houses in one!

    We never went here but I want to mention it since it boasts combined eating in seven different houses all in one block and gorgeous houses too at that! We walked past the cafe part where Quedlinburg's fancy ladies sat to have their Kaffe und Kuchen (or ice cream) and it looked very tempting (but we had just had a great lunch) but there is also a...

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Quedlinburg Transportation

  • Quedlinburger Bimmelbahn

    This little yellow bus/train? carries tourists around the town. I didn't take it, so I don't know how long the trip takes or how much it costs, but it seemed popular with older tourists, especially if it's a wet day.

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  • By train

    Quedlinburg is about an hour's train ride south west of Magdeburg where you have to change trains when coming from Berlin (a three hour journey). If you want to get here from the rest of Harz it is only Wernigerode which is easy to reach on the same line. For Goslar, you have to go by local buses since the railway obviously never crossed GDR...

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Quedlinburg Shopping

  • Spring flowers

    by Mariajoy Updated Apr 12, 2006

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    There are dozens of little shops here in Quedlinburg and naturally, a week before Easter they are all seemed to be selling things of a seasonal kind. Bunnies, eggs, (painted, colourful plastic ones and edible chocolate ones), and baskets of flowers featured greatly!

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Quedlinburg Local Customs

  • Christmas Market

    Quedlinburg's christmas market takes place in market square from Saturday before the first Advent Sunday (in 2013: Nov 30) until Dec 22. The square is surrounded by half-timbered houses and provides a beautiful setting. The market is medium-sized and not that special, to be honest, but Christmas markets are always nice and combining it with a visit...

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  • Advent in the Courtyards

    Advent in den Höfen is a festival that takes place during the pre-Christmas season. Originally only one weekend, the festival has this year (2013) been extended to the first three Advent weekends. The idea is opening many hidden courtyards in the old town which are usually not open to the public, and having arts and crafts markets, food and drink...

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  • Restoration, restoration

    Quedlinburg is painstakingly restoring its old buildings one by one but years of GDR budget means that quite a few houses in the side streets are still neglected and this shows. It is actually quite fascinating, if sad, to walk around the centre and realise that this town is so full of great buildings that those in need of major work are still...

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Quedlinburg Warnings and Dangers

  • Park your car carefully!

    Despite there being no signs to the contrary, my host apparently parked his car in the wrong place! We returned from our little trip to find a card from the Burgermeister, which began:"Sehr geehrte Verkehrsteilnehmerin, sehr geehrter Verkehsteilnehmer,Which I think translates as "Very honoured road user" and as road users come in male and female...

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  • Cobbles, cobbles

    Quedlinburg feels very safe and the only thing I think worth mentioning is that you shouldn't stroll the streets around the Schlossberg in high heels. The area there is full of cobbles which are definately not always level, so take care if walking here with the old and young in your family and be prepared if you bring a baby buggy.

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Quedlinburg Off The Beaten Path

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    Thale in Autumn

    by Colzy Written Jan 21, 2005

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    If you have some spare time you will not regret venturing to Thale which is only 9 minutes on the train from Quedlinburg. I spent an afternoon in Autumn wandering through the well pathed areas with a brisk breeze on my face and trickling water beside me. I did not have to walk too far from the train station to most of the major sights.

    Thale is situated in the northeast edge of the Harz mountains. The main attractions are the cable railway to the Hexentanzplatz and the chair lift to the Roßtrappe (two mythical places).

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  • Churches

    The steeples and spires of Quedlinburg's medieval parish churches line up in the panoramic view from castle hill, and they show up in street views every now and then. Except Marktkirche most of them have ratehr limited opening hours, it seems. During Advent in den Höfen festival they had concerts and other activities in various churches but it...

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  • Fachwerkhäuser - Half-Timbered Houses

    Quedlinburg has more than 2000 of them: half-timbered houses in all shapes and sizes and styles. The entire old town, with just a few exceptions in between, has been built in timberframe architecture. The patterns of the timberframe constructions are the characterisitc feature of the street views. Only a few of the houses are actually medieval, the...

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  • Walk, Explore, and Take Pictures

    You don't need much of a plan or itinerary to catch the spirit of Quedlinburg. Just walk and explore the streets and lanes. No matter where you go, picturesque street views and pretty half-timbered houses are everywhere. Bring the camera and enough memory cards... Quedlinburg's old town has more than 2000 preserved half-timbered houses. Now...

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